Graduate Program in Neuroscience

Dissertation Guidelines

Neuroscience dissertation guidelines:
There is no clear-cut definition of a minimum requirement for a thesis. However, the dissertation should describe original research that advances the field of neuroscience and clearly indicates training in research.

A reasonable goal for many students is:

  • Two first-author articles targeted for professional, peer-reviewed journals, such as The Journal of Neuroscience.
  • The dissertation should include an introduction that provides the scientific background supporting the rationale for the thesis work. This chapter should briefly review the literature and help put the work into a broader context.
  • Subsequent chapters should include the dissertation work itself, and may be in the format of submitted or accepted publications.
  • The thesis should conclude with a final chapter synthesizing the major findings and proposing future directions for the work.